If a build-up of ear wax, debris or a foreign body is blocking your ear causing hearing loss or discomfort your consultant may recommend microsuction.
What is microsuction?
Microsuction is a safe and comfortable method of removing ear wax or foreign bodies from your ears.
Using a microscope and a suction device, your doctor will suction any blockages from your ear canals.
Microsuction is usually done as an outpatient appointment meaning you will go home the day of the procedure. It usually takes 15-20 minutes.
Benefits of earwax removal
Microsuction has many benefits. As well as being quick and easy giving instantaneous results for, it is also very safe and is suitable for anyone, even those with existing conditions.
As there is no water involved, it also reduces the risks of infection or allergic reactions.
There is also no preparation involved, meaning that it is beneficial for hard or impacted ear wax as well.
How does microsuction work?
Can microsuction remove hard or impacted wax?Microsuction is an effective method of removing any type of ear wax. The suction of the instrument used is very strong, meaning even the most stubborn of blockages can be removed.
How is microsuction different to ear syringing or irrigation?
Whereas ear syringing and irrigation uses water to dislodge any ear wax or foreign bodies, microsuction uses a suction device without the need for any water.
Some people may not be able to have water in their ears and therefore microsuction is a good alternative. These reasons could include:
Complications from previous ear irrigations
Any middle ear infections
Some ear surgeres
A hole (or perforation) of the ear drum
A cleft palate
Is microsuction safe?
Can microsuction damage your ears?
Is it safe to remove earwax at home?
How to prepare for your appointment
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